So how did the Cricket fare in my informal shooting tests? Pretty well — as you would expect from an airgun in this price range. Because it does not come with any optics, the bigger variable magnification scopes can quickly add some weight. By itself, the Cricket at over 7 pounds feels heavy to me for its size, but it is a solid little rifle that balances well in the hands.
The Cricket trigger was – in a word – smoooottthhh. One of those triggers that surprises you when it breaks, which is desirable so you can concentrate on the myriad of other items you are checking off in your brain when taking a shot. The wide blade metal trigger is adjustable, but requires the shooter to remove the action from the stock, which I don’t do with the guns loaned to me, so the trigger I shot was strictly as it came out of the box. The trigger pull broke at a little over a pound. As mentioned in Part One, there is no manual safety on the Cricket so extra care is in order whenever handling this rifle.
The Sun Optics scope paired with the Cricket was the 5-30x56mm Ultra Variable model with illuminated reticle and parallax adjustment down to 10 yards. This scope was right at home atop the Cricket and offers phenomenal magnification and a clear field of view in part because a larger 30mm tube. The glass etched reticle is described as a Micro mil-dot and it provides multiple aiming points for holdover and windage corrections. I did not shoot in low light conditions so didn’t make use of the illuminated reticle, however it offers both red and green options with 5 different brightness settings. It also came with flip-up lens covers and is covered by a …read more